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. every time it happened, it was caused by greed and ego's and over lending and overspending. as warren buffett said recently, a climate of fear is an investor's best friend. had he was free and courageous and she always kept a cool head. she worked hard and did her homework and she knew her company. when everyone jumped overboard, she climbed in and grab the oars. when everyone was rushing, she clambered off the bow. it took courage, but she bought when everyone was selling and she sold when everyone was buying. by the time she died, she own houses and office buildings and big blocks from vermont to new york and illinois to missouri and texas to california. she helped out banks when times were bad and they were in trouble. she was the largest individual lender to the new york city government. she lived in the gilded age when society lived lavishly and she rebelled against their opulence. she lived a simple life. she loved her children and her friends. she was of those who befriended her for her money and she showed her dog great affection and when asked why, she said -- [inaudible] [la
incumbent wealth. if you take the wealth of two admittedly hugely rich people, bill gates and warren buffett, their wealth is equal to the collective wealth of the bottom 40% of the income distribution in the united states. two got a very cool to the bottom 1 twenty million americans. that is pretty big. interestingly, this was a surprise. i sold my book to the publishers in september of 2008 just before the financial crisis and then the crisis happened and many people were sad and i had a particular reason for sorrow because i thought the entire premise of my book is gone. the superelite is over. this financial crisis has happened, surely this system is going to change completely and these superfortunes will be wiped out and there will be a real calibration. i wrote a new book proposal. but after six months i was talking to my publishers and we said actually, that proposal is still going to work. the data of borne that out. i would like to talk about it as the 1% recovery. if you look at -- it is true. if you look at the economic recovery, the numbers in terms of income distributions in 200
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